Those who enjoy being outdoors and working with young people should consider applying for the California Conservation Corps’ upcoming “Conservationist I” crew supervisor exam. Deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 18.
A state application (Form 678), available online, must be postmarked by that date.
The Conservationist I most frequently serves as a crew supervisor for 10 to 15 corps members, which include young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25. Crews work in both urban and rural areas on a wide variety of natural resource projects such as trail construction, landscaping, habitat restoration and more. When natural disasters occur, CCC crews can also be dispatched within hours to floods, fires and earthquakes.
The salary range is $2,611 to $4,027 per month. Benefits may include health, dental and vision insurance, vacation and sick leave, and enhanced public safety retirement benefits. Applicants must have an education equivalent to completion of 12th grade.
As many as five different types of experience may qualify candidates for the exam. Details are available in the exam bulletin on the CCC’s website: www.ccc.ca.gov. Click on “Staff Jobs” at the top of the page. Questions on the exam may be directed to the CCC’s Donna Pyevach at (916) 341-3140 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicant interviews will be scheduled in March or April; successful applicants will be placed on a civil service list, from which hiring will be done over the next year or more. Those who pass the exam must be fingerprinted and take a pre-employment drug test after receiving a conditional offer of employment. In addition, successful candidates must obtain a valid commercial driver license before being appointed to a permanent civil service position.
More than 115,000 young men and women have joined the California Conservation Corps since it was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 1976. Over the years, corpsmembers have provided more than 65 million hours of natural resource work throughout the state. The CCC’s motto is, “Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions … and more!”